Suicide Prevention Service, The Tomorrow Project, hosts an event on 8th September exploring The Tomorrow Projects pathways, in line with World Suicide Prevention Day on September the 10th, 2017.

The Tomorrow Project will be hosting an event exploring the suicide prevention pathways, two days before World Suicide Prevention Day, 2017. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear about the life saving work we have been doing as well as hearing directly from people who have benefited from this innovative service, who will be telling their stories. The Tomorrow Project was established in South Nottinghamshire in 2012 after there were a number of deaths to suicide in a local community. By galvanising local support, bereaved families and professionals, The Tomorrow project was established to deliver services and support to reach people in distress and reduce suicide.

The Tomorrow project will also be hosting an introduction to effective risk assessment around suicide. This workshop will establish basic principles on effective risk assessment considering the following areas: Identifying risk factors, understanding & developing evidence based risk assessment tools, establishing current emotional states & behaviours and reviewing & revisiting risk.

Whilst there has been significant attention paid locally and nationally to suicide prevention, it remains a very specialist and under funded piece of work.

The bereaved by suicide also remain an overlooked group. These individuals are at an 80% increased chance of unemployment and a 1 in 10 chance of attempting suicide.

When compared with people bereaved through other causes, those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide, psychiatric admission and depression, as well as suicide attempt and poor social functioning.

Penny Johnson, a bereaved mother, lost her son to suicide and says: “The Tomorrow Project is so vital in so many ways. Before my son died, we tried to get him help via the NHS only to be turned away because Jamie was over 18. I pleaded with them to help us, but they said that they couldn’t unless Jamie was the one asking for help but in October, 2012, Jamie took his own life. My family have been in turmoil ever since, each of us needing help in our own way and The Tomorrow Project has been there for us. I don’t know how we would have survived without them.”

The Tomorrow Project’s event is to be held at The Sir Collin Campbell building, September 8th 2017, in line with World Suicide Prevention Day. The team are incredibly excited to be hosting the event and look forward to meeting all attendees tomorrow.

A further ticketed event will be held on the evening of the 7th October at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham to celebrate the work and to raise money for the continuation of life saving work, with a drinks reception, dinner, live music and auction.

Tickets available now via: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2017

The Tomorrow Project – General Population Survey

The Tomorrow Project are currently asking for members of the general population to take part in the survey below. This is important as it will allow the team to collect a snapshot of data from the general population in order to draw comparisons against those who are currently experiencing suicide crisis.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and we appreciate you taking the time to do so.

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In the News: Police dealing with record level of phone calls on mental health

Britain’s biggest police force received a phone call relating to mental health every five minutes last year, an escalating level of demand caused by NHS services struggling to cope.

The number of calls handled by the Metropolitan police in which someone was concerned about a person’s mental health hit a record 115,000 in the last year: on average 315 a day, or about 13 an hour.

Volumes have grown by nearly a third since 2011-12, according to data released under freedom of information legislation, and officers fear the demand for help from the public will continue to increase.

One senior police officer told the Guardian a reduction in the ability to cope of NHS mental health services was a key factor in the rise in mental health calls to the police, and it was a national trend.

Insp Michael Brown, mental health coordinator for the College of Policing, said police had become better at recording such calls but this could not account for the big rise.

“We know there is more demand on NHS mental health services and their funding has been cut,” he said.

Commander Richard Smith, head of safeguarding at the Met, said: “Based on current trends, section 136 demand is set to double in London in the next 10 years as it’s increasing by approximately 10% each year.”

Smith added: “The issues we deal with include those with mental ill health who are involved in crime as victims or suspects as well as people who are in crisis in their home or in a public place.”

Nationally, police believe a significant number of those about whom they get calls are already under the care of NHS mental health services, or have been, which is beginning to have an effect on policing.

In West Yorkshire, mental health nurses are being employed in two custody suites to help with people brought in by officers. The force says the mental health incidents it deals with every month have risen to 1,300, up from 850 two years ago.

Brown added that so called “street triage projects” across Britain, where calls are attended by a mental health expert and a police officer, showed that in the majority of cases, police were not needed to resolve the problem.

In Lincolnshire, mental health nurses will now work in the police control room to give clinical advice to police dealing with callers.

The Met figures were obtained by the Labour party under freedom of information legislation. The full figures show that in the 12 months up to 20 July 2017, the Met received 115,000 calls flagged up on its systems as regarding mental health, up 33% on the volume of calls received in 2011-12.

Louise Haigh, the shadow police minister, said: “The dismantling of vital early intervention services forces those with mental health issues on to lengthy waiting lists.

“In desperation or in crisis, they will turn to the police, who are acting as the service of last resort, a role they are wholly unequipped for.

“While facing a savage cut in numbers, the police are increasingly being asked to pick up the pieces of a scandalous lack of mental health provision. Incidents involving mental health are at record highs as police resilience reaches rock bottom.

“The result is genuinely frightening and these figures should act as a wake-up call for the government.”

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Everyone should be able to access the mental health support they need. We have made major improvements in recent years, including setting up the first ever access and waiting standards for mental health and increasing mental health spending year on year to a record £11.6 billion in 2016/17.

For the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/28/police-phone-calls-mental-health-nhs

Self compassion: How to improve your relationships with yourself

Like many people I aspire to be more compassionate, treating others as I wish to be treated myself.  This got me thinking about how often I extend compassion towards myself, I questioned whether or not I am kinder to others than I am myself. I can recognise that at times it can be difficult to be nice to myself, to have compassion for myself when I’m going through a really hard time.

Self compassion offers me an alternative to feeling that I need to be perfect, at times I can tend to inflate my own ego and put others down to make myself feel good in comparison. Instead what I could be doing is to acknowledge my own weaknesses which can help me grow as a person.

Rather than continually judging and evaluating myself, self compassion involves generating kindness towards others. Self compassion involved treating myself kindly, as I would a close friend or loved one. I have found it helps to imagine what it could be like to receive the same caring attention from myself when I need it most. Try it and see!

Let’s Talk Training

Speak to our friendly and helpful team

Call: 0115 934 8446
Email: training@harmless.org.uk

 

Let’s Talk Training is the training operating arm of established mental health provider Harmless. The service delivers a range of specialist CPD accredited and bespoke training UK wide, including externally accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

We deliver courses on the topics of Self harm, Mental health & Suicide prevention. Our training will encourage you to explore your awareness, develop an understanding of the key issues faced by people in distress and by the services that these individuals come into contact with. We will identify the impact that we, as service providers, can potentially have upon the health, well being and recovery of those in distress and promote skills that can used in intervention as well as develop effective signposting skills.

Standards you can expect from the Let’s Talk Training Team…

  • Passionate trainers
  • Interactive deliveries
  • Supportiveness
  • Knowledgeable trainers
  • Flexible bookings and deliveries

Identify the most appropriate learning level for you…

  • Level 4 Specialist
  • Level 3 Advance
  • Level 2 Intermediate
  • Level 1 Introductory

 

Speak to our friendly and helpful team

Call: 0115 934 8446
Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Photography work experience: can you help us?

We are looking for a photographer(s) to volunteer their time to photograph two of our upcoming events. This will be a great opportunity for work experience for a budding photographer and will provide a broad portfolio.

Events

1
WSPD Prevention Pathways: Suicide prevention workshops

September 8th 2017
09:00 – 15:45
Location: Sir Collin Campbell Building, NG8 1BB

This event entails photographing the workshops and deliveries and providing photographs suitable for future promotion use. We would like to have a portfolio of images to showcase the success of the event and for this to reflect on our leading suicide prevention service. This is a great opportunity to attend free workshops and leave with a portfolio of professional and academic work.

2
10 Year celebration event
October 7th 2017
18:30 onwards
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

This event is a celebration of our work and marks our 10 years in service, supporting of 25,000 individuals. The event consists of a drinks reception, a sit down meal, raffles, auctions a live acoustic band. Catering for 100+ guests this will be an opportunity to photograph a larger event, gaining experience of photographing private functions in a lively and relaxed environment.

If you are interested in either of these events, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk or call us on 0115 934 8445.

CONGRATULATIONS

A huge congratulations to everyone who received their GCSE and A-Level results.  We hope you received the results you wanted and have a bright future ahead. Good luck in what you choose to pursue next and for those of you off to university, we hope to see you in Nottingham! We may be biased…but we believe it is a brilliant place for students.

Whatever you choose to do, we wish you all the luck in the world.

Now…time to celebrate!!!

What does mental health mean to you?

During 2017 mental health awareness week,  we took to the streets of Nottingham to ask exactly that. It was a great day meeting lots of wonderful people and being able to openly discuss topics surrounding #mentalhealth.

Take a look at our video and see what you think.

Thank you to the wonderful NTU students for their help, you both were brilliant.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to be delivering my first Youth Mental Health First Aid Course. This is a fantastic engaging course providing lots of relevant information and statistics.

  • One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time.
  • Seven are likely to have been bullied
  • Six may be self harming
  • Rates of depression and anxiety have increased 70% in the past 25 years.
  • About 25% young people self harm on one occasion
  • 10% of suicides in the UK are by those aged 15 – 24.

Many young children are not getting the help they need. With this training key figures such as front line workers, teachers, class room assistants, carers and youth  workers  who are often in the best position to identify a young person who is struggling can learn how best to help and support these young people.

Youth Mental Health first Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8 – 18.

On this course you will learn how to preserve life, prevent deterioration of any injury or illness, promote healing and recovery and provide comfort to the ill and injured.

This course will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issues from getting worse.

This course does not teach you to be a therapist – but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond.

This course gives you the tools to have the conversation that help to empower you to create a mentally healthy environment to support young people.

Delegates feedback:

“Excellent instructors, very easy to follow and enjoyable course, the instructors made the serious subject matter easy to digest.”

 

“This was a great opportunity! Before I recognised people who are in a certain distress but I did not know what to do, now I have a clear sense of direction. “

 

“Really informative and I feel a lot more prepared to deal with people with mental health issues. Had fun too!”

 

Next training opportunity:

31st Aug & 1st Sept,

Nottingham, 9:00 – 17:00

£120 per delegate

Phone: 0115 934 8446

Email: training@harmless.org.uk